Fast Ethernet Basics

Fast Ethernet Design Rules


Gigabit Ethernet

A recent development in LAN technology is the new Gigabit Ethernet technology. This is an even faster fiber-optics based version of Ethernet which runs at 1 billion bits per second. This is 10 times faster than Fast Ethernet, and 100 times faster than "normal" 10 Mbps.  Gigabit Ethernet is currently being used as a very high speed backbone technology in larger-scale networks, and is very cost-effective versus using OC-12 ATM.